DAVENPORT, IA --† February 27, 2000
The Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam travel team successfully closed out the home portion of its season with a pair of win over the visiting Ames Flyers, in games played Sunday at the Quad Cities Sports Center.† After an easy 10-3 victory in the first game, the Eagles found the going much tougher in game two, as the Flyers played a much better game, but still fell to the home team by a 3-0 score.
In game one, Josh Moon gave the Eagles a quick 1-0 lead just 89 seconds into the contest assisted by Mark Muenstermann, as the Eagles used just two lines because they were missing Welsh, Hasselbusch and Carr.† Ames kept the game close, despite being outshot 11-3 in the first period, but the Eagles really took command in the second period with five straight goals to increase the lead to 6-0.† Ryne Takacs scored a power play goal with 9:56 left in the second, assisted by Moon and Austin Busch.† Muenstermann tallied at the 6:58 mark, assisted by Moon and Robbie Jacobsen, and then Takacs scored his second of the game on a short-handed unassisted effort, with Busch in the penalty box for cross checking.† When Busch was sprung from the penalty box, he quickly got into the scoring with two goals within 50 seconds.† On the first, Moonís pass found Busch all alone at the right corner of the crease with all day to fake the goalie down and then hit the upper corner.† His second goal was assisted by Jacobsen.† Amesí Eric Deters broke Brandon Morganís shutout hopes when he scored with 1:22 left in the second.† Morgan made the stop, but the officials ruled his glove was over the line.† Mark Willie made it 6-2 when he scored at the 10:25 mark of the third, but the Eagles responded with a vengeance with four more goals on only six shots in the third.† First Moon got his second of the game unassisted.† Then Muenstermann got his second of the game, assisted by Tom Parkinson.† The Moon-Busch-Muenstermann line finished off a sterling effort with two more goals in the last four minutes, with Busch getting the hat trick goal at 5:07, assisted by Moon and Muenstermann, and Moon scoring the tenth and final goal of the game, and getting his hat trick, with Busch getting the helper.
For the game, that line accounted by 16 points, on 8 goals and 8 assists.† Moon had three goals, four assists; Busch scored three goals and had two assists, and Muenstermann accounted for two goals and two assists.† Josh Moon and Jason Corcoran were both an outstanding +7 for the game.
To their credit, the Ames Flyers came back for the second game with renewed effort and enthusiasm and battled the Eagles on equal terms throughout the first half of the game.† But again, Ames did not have an answer for Eagle Captain Josh Moon, who finally got his team on the scoreboard with 3:15 to play in the second on a breakaway wrist shot.† Still the Flyers fought on, narrowly missing the tying goal when Eagle Goalie Brandon Kruse sprawled to make a save on an Ames breakaway late in the second.† Winger Tom Parkinson finally gave the Eagles some breathing room at the 4:49 mark of the third when he converted a pass from Ryne Takacs to make the score 2-0.† Moon closed out the scoring† with 1:26 left in the game when he blasted a slapshot past the Ames netminder.† Brandon Kruse earned his fifth shutout of the year, stopping all 11 Ames shots.
The victories improved the Eagles record to 31-9-1, with only their tournament at Notre Dame left on the schedule.